With the NBA free agency period underway, another report (this time trade-wise) has surfaced regarding the Philadelphia 76ers. A report by CBS Sports’ Ken Berger identifies Philadelphia as a potential trade destination for Omer Asik, whom the Houston Rockets are actively shopping in order to make room to sign free agent Dwight Howard.
Berger cites the opinion of several rival executives and the fact that Sam Hinkie is Houston’s former General Manager and is the one who brought Asik to Houston in the first place from Chicago.
From Berger himself:
“If the Rockets land Howard, Asik would become expendable. One potential destination that rival executives have identified is Philadelphia, where former Rockets executive Sam Hinkie is the Sixers’ new general manager.”
Of the Sixers’ six big men on the roster—Thaddeus Young, Arnett Moultrie, Kwame Brown, Spencer Hawes, Lavoy Allen, and Nerlens Noel (in a few days)—and of those six only three (Young, Moultrie, Noel) are signed beyond 2013-2014.
Asik, however, has two years left on his contract, a good piece to have on the roster while this team rebuilds around a new young nucleus of Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, and two potential lottery players next year. He averaged 10.1 points and an impressive 11.7 rebounds per game in 82 games for Houston last season.